A town in Australia is taking drastic measures to deal with an invasion of the bat kind.
Charters Towers in Queensland has been taken over by a colony of 80,000 bats, which flew in from their usual home in the nearby Burdekin River.
Locals aren't impressed with the visitors, saying they have brought a pong to the town that just won't go away.
"It stinks, it smells - some days it's that unbearable you can't open your doors," shop manager Ayla Pott said.
So officials have started a 10-day campaign to drive them away, using fireworks, helicopters and water cannons.
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